Dunfermline manager John Hughes thinks Rangers might recall loanee Kai Kennedy next month – but Hughes is confident that the Scotland youth international has a “massive future” ahead of him.

Kennedy has made 15 appearances for the Fifers since moving on loan in the summer, scoring once and creating two more for his teammates, and Hughes is unsure whether he’ll still have the precocious talent when the transfer window closes next month.

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Hughes explained that Rangers had refused to allow the Pars permission to play Kennedy in a Scottish Cup tie after being in and out of the side at East End Park and thinks it “might be a recall” for the ex-Inverness and Raith Rovers loanee.

“Kai’s going to be a difficult one,” said the Dunfermline boss.


“Rangers didn’t let us cup-tie him because of his [lack of] game-time and, just as he was starting to find his feet, he took ill and has found himself out of the team.

“That might be a recall from Rangers.

“You have to speak to the player first and try to twist his arm. Kai’s giving it ‘game-time, game-time’ — just like I would be saying — and you have to say you understand.

“I have to weigh up all the pros and cons.

“But one thing I can tell you is he’s a smashing boy and he’s got a massive future.

“Kai can turn a game and if he’s here after the window then I would be absolutely delighted. He fills that left-hand side until Dom [Thomas] gets back — and then there’s competition for places.”

If Kennedy is recalled by Rangers, he could find himself thrown into the side to face Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup after the winter break.

With Rangers not playing for a few weeks, if Kennedy is recalled, it might not come until after the first set of fixtures in the new year for Dunfermline.

In other news, Heerenveen has rejected a bid for Rangers linked target Joey Veerman as the transfer window approaches.

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